Mafia thrived in Cong rule in Hi­machal: Shah

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BJP chief Amit Shah on Mon­day lashed out at the Congress al­leg­ing the party had “sul­lied” the im­age of ‘Devb­humi’ Hi­machal by turn­ing it into a state where mafia thrived.

Ad­dress­ing ral­lies in the poll-bound hill state, Shah latched on to for­mer Union Home min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram’s com­ments re­gard­ing more au­ton­omy for Kash­mir and de­manded that Rahul Gandhi make his stance clear on the is­sue. He ac­cused the Congress of speak­ing the lan­guage used in Pak­istan.

“Hi­machal has be­come a land of the mafia with for­est mafia, min­ing mafia, drug mafia, trans­fer mafia, liquor mafia and land mafia flour­ish­ing in the state,” he al­leged while ad­dress­ing ral­lies at Banikhet in Dal­housie and Ch­walra in Jwali.

Tar­get­ing Chief Min­is­ter Virb­hadra Singh, Shah al­leged that there was not even a sin­gle mem­ber in the Congress leader’s fam­ily who was not fac­ing cor­rup­tion charges.

He said the peo­ple of Hi­machal Pradesh would end the cor­rup­tion and ‘mafia raj’ in the state.

The BJP has al­ready an­nounced start­ing a Gudiya helpline for re­port­ing all cases of crime in the state, Shah pointed out.—

RJD leader Te­jashwi Ya­dav on Mon­day took a swipe at Bi­har Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar for his party’s de­ci­sion to con­test “four-five seats” in the Gu­jarat As­sem­bly polls and won­dered why he was fight­ing for a “los­ing” bat­tle.

The JD(U) had last week an­nounced that it will con­test its “tra­di­tional” four to five seats in Gu­jarat and urged the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to re­ject the Sharad Ya­dav fac­tion’s claim over the party sym­bol so that it can fight the elec­tion.

“Why is his party plan­ning to con­test the Gu­jarat polls? Can JD(U) win there? Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Ni­tish had urged the UPA not to fight a los­ing bat­tle by in­sist­ing on putting up a can­di­date. Has he done away with his wis­dom of that time,” the for­mer deputy CM tweeted.

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